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Supersets (stacking sets of two exercises back-to-back without rest) are something I’ve seen used in workouts for years – dating all the way back to the days (back in the early to mid-’90s) that I closely followed the bodybuilding scene. I used to see supersets used in all kinds of workouts.
I remember guys like Vince Taylor being a big fan of them, and in reading older material, I knew that the “Blonde Bomber” Dave Draper was a huge proponent of supersets, and even tri-sets (stacking three exercises back-to-back-to-back).
In many strength & conditioning and athletic training circles today, supersets are still a popular way of getting a lot done in a little bit of time, and are utilized as a way of letting a muscle group rest a little longer between sets, but not increasing the length of the workout itself.
These days, instead of supersets consisting of two exercises that target the same muscle group, they target different muscle groups, and are generally done in a 1A / 1B sort of fashion which you simply alternate exercises. So you’d do a set of Exercise 1, then rest. Do a set of Exercise 2, then rest again. Repeat until all sets of both exercises have been completed.
While this is a great method of training, I gotta say…I don’t get what the hell some trainers are thinking when they pair up some exercises. It just makes no friggin’ sense.
Give my new podcast a listen as to why, and some of the stuff you should take into consideration when pairing up exercises.
Don’t have time to listen now? Feel free to download a copy of this podcast HERE.
Tags: dave draper, supersets, vince taylor
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Twice now in the past few weeks, I’ve seen articles published online from some pretty big names in the S&C industry, detailing what their own workouts were like. One instance was just a sort of a snapshot (not a recommendation) of this guy’s training, and the other was more or less a breakdown of how he designs programs as a whole.
I wasn’t a fan of either one, really. Why? Listen to the podcast to find out, but to sum it up:
- the programs were way to involved and complicated
- virtually no sustainability
- pull one thing out of the programs as a whole (and I don’t mean just the workouts), and you lose massive amounts of effectiveness
- a complete and utter lack of training economy (or in other words, kiss your “bang for the training buck” ratio goodbye)
Give it a listen, and lemme know what you think. This whole podcast thing is new, so gimme your thoughts on that, too…
(And if you don’t have time to listen to the podcast now, feel free to download a copy for yourself HERE.)
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